Are graduating B.S. Engineering students with Environmental Safety and Health (ES&H) education more likely to gain employment compared with those who do not have ES&H education? Public Deposited

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  • The Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET) requires that safety and health be integrated into an engineering curriculum in order to be accredited. These criteria for safety and health requirements, however, are not clearly defined. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has initiated Project SHAPE (Safety and Health Awareness for Preventative Engineering) instructional topics and curriculum development for engineering programs for the greater than 300 ABET accredited engineering schools. The present study was designed to evaluate how important safety and health (addressed as Environmental Safety and Health) knowledge/education are to an employer when seeking graduating Bachelor of Science Engineering students at Oregon State University (OSU). The study also seeks to find out what magnitude of ES&H instruction/knowledge is desired by prospective employers. And finally, the type or level of knowledge/education employers are seeking in their prospective OSU engineering employee. A questionnaire was developed and targeted at companies who recruited graduating Bachelor of Science Engineering students at OSU for employment during the 1993/1994 and 1994/1995 academic years. A roster of recruiters and the companies they represented generated a population of 110 recruiters from records kept in the Oregon State University Career Placement Office. Each recruiter was requested to complete a four page questionnaire. Participants were requested to rank qualifications for employment when seeking prospective engineering employees; how important ES&H were when considering a candidate; what kind and level of ES&H knowledge/education was preferred; and if a graduating B.S. Engineering student with ES&H knowledge/education was more likely to gain employment with their firm. A total of 72 surveys were returned, for an overall response rate of 65.5%. The results indicated that recruiters seeking graduating B.S. engineering students at OSU found ES&H knowledge/education 'Not Too' or 'Not At All' important when considering them for employment. However, the majority of those recruiters that indicated ES&H was an important qualification when considering an engineering candidate for employment, indicated the source of ES&H knowledge/education was through integration into the engineering curriculum.
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